The present paper investigates the application of the stochastic approach when the commonly adopted Miner's linear damage rule is implemented, both in its traditional and modified forms to include the presence of a random stress threshold (random fatigue limit), below which the rate of damage accumulation is reduced. Main steps are provided to obtain the simulated distribution of the accumulated damage under variable amplitude loading. When the stochastic approach is applied in the presence of a random fatigue limit, an additional correlation structure, which takes into account the fatigue limit value, must be introduced in the analysis. If the number of cycles to failure under constant amplitude loading is Weibull (Log-Normal) distributed, then the corresponding accumulated damage is Fréchet (Log-Normal) distributed. The effects of the correlation structure on reliability prediction under variable amplitude loading are also investigated. To this aim, several experimental datasets are taken from the literature, covering various metallic materials and variable amplitude block sequences. The results show that the choice of the damage accumulation model is a key factor to value the improvement in the accuracy of reliability predictions introduced by the stochastic approach. Comparison of the predicted number of cycles to failure with experimental data shows that larger errors are non-conservative, regardless of the adopted correlation structure. When the analysis is limited to reliability levels above 80%, for these large non-conservative errors, it is the quantile approach to be closer to actual experimental data, thus limiting the overestimation of component's life. For the experimental datasets considered in the paper, adoption of a stochastic approach would improve the accuracy of Miner's predictions in 10% of cases.
|Titolo:||On the application of the stochastic approach in predicting fatigue reliability using Miner's damage rule|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/ffe.12093|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|